Pittenger, Tillis must denounce Trump
Sen. Thom Tillis and Rep. Robert Pittenger, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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I believe you are good men. But will you speak truth to power?
There is no middle ground when it comes to white supremacy or neo-Nazism. North Carolina and history are waiting to see what you do. Do the right thing: Denounce Trump.
Paul Mack, Cornelius
Trump denounced hate groups
In response to Our View “Break with Trump to save yourselves, GOP” (Aug. 17 Editorial):
On Saturday President Trump denounced displays of hate and bigotry. Tuesday he called out the KKK and neo-Nazis by name.
The Observer editorial board’s statement that Trump stands with these two reactionary, evolutionary dead-end fringe groups is a bald-faced lie.
Jonathan Hoin, Charlotte
Trump’s actions are dividing America
“Let’s make America great again” is all we heard out of the Trump campaign throughout last summer.
Now it has been seven months since our new POTUS was sworn in, and America is more divided and more hateful than at any other time since the Civil War.
We can now add the following to Mr. Trump’s huge list of “accomplishments”: Millions of us are now much less proud to be Americans and much more fearful, scared and/or worried about our country’s future.
James Heim, Davidson
It matters which side you’re on this time
In matters of morality, you don’t get a second chance. If you are president and make comments regarded as morally repugnant, such as Trump’s on Charlottesville, you will will never live it down.
If you associate yourself with such a president, you will be tarred by that association.
This is a major moment in our country’s history. It will be remembered. It will matter which side you took in the Charlottesville episode.
People will understand that an association with this president will be morally problematic and probably perilous to their career. It is hard to imagine decent people continuing to work with President Trump.
David Sohn, Charlotte
Protest OK, but Trump support isn’t
In response to “We protect free speech for everyone” (Aug. 17 Forum):
Forum writer Pat Sherrill, we can have it both ways. Yes, the neo-Nazis and white supremacists have every right to demonstrate, but they don’t have the right to be supported by onlookers or the president.
They were rightfully shamed for their extremist views by the counter-protesters. How great it would have been if Trump had also shamed them instead of supporting them.
Matt Robertson, Charlotte
Feckless statements through vandalism
To the cowards who damaged Confederate statues in Cornelius and Durham: It’s easy to cherry-pick the parts of our history you think you hate to make feckless statements through vandalism.
I doubt many of you showed up to vote last November when it mattered. But you will likely continue looking for such criminal expressions instead of the civilized ones that really matter, then continue complaining when nothing ever seems to change. Pity.
Douglas Smith, Rockingham
Monuments can’t survive PC culture
In the early-to-mid ’90s my business took me around the state and I photographed Confederate monuments and memorials, mostly at courthouses. When asked what I was doing and why, my response was these historical monuments and memorials may not survive the political correctness movement that is underway.
Approximately 25 years later that day is here.
When will the left be satisfied? Yesterday it was the Confederate flag. Today it is historical monuments to the Confederate cause. Tomorrow is it Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the monuments around our nation’s capitol?
Wake up and let’s stop this madness.
Robert E. Cassell Jr., Charlotte
Once again, DMV rules make no sense
In response to “Getting a Real ID turned out to be a Real Pain” (Aug. 17 Opinion):
Great example of North Carolina’s lack of common sense, reason and logic. DMV – Department of Many Variables that make no sense.
Patrick Sayer, Charlotte